South Dakota lawmakers will hear annual report from state auditors

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PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Several state departments paid millions of dollars too much for contracted services and made other errors during the 2018 budget year, according to a new report from the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit.

State officials agreed to seek reimbursement and take other corrective steps. The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee discusses the findings Wednesday.

Legislative Audit looks at state government finances each year. The 2018 report noted:

Revenue Department officials didn’t adequately reconcile business taxes, motor fuel taxes and collections from motor-vehicle titles and registrations, increasing risk errors won’t be prevented, detected or corrected.

Social Services Department officials didn’t accurately calculate Medicaid reimbursement rates for inpatient hospitals, resulting in more than $6.7 million of overpayments, including more than $4.1 million of federal funds.

Health Deparment officials paid $25,000 to a medical doctor for articles he was supposed to provide for a statewide newsletter but didn’t.

Legislative Audit also identified continuing problems for the Corn Utilization Council and the Soybean Promotion Council.

The 302-page report is at:http://sdlegislature.gov/docs/interim/2019/documents/goa4-24-19fy18singleauditdoc8.pdf.

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